Program Director - Engaged Humanities Initiative--Institute for the Humanities

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Title:Program Director - Engaged Humanities Initiative--Institute for the Humanities (Job ID #137139) Department:Liberal Arts and Sciences Category:Civil Service Location:Chicago Close Date:10/23/2020 Shift:Days Hours Per Week:M-F 40/hrs with occasional evenings or weekends Description:

In collaboration with the Faculty Program Director of the Engaged Humanities Initiative, the Program Director for the EHI is responsible for the administration and academic direction of the grant funded initiative (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). Together with the Faculty Program Director, the Program Director collaborates in creating and sustaining the intellectual vision of the program. The Program Director also executes the activities related to the training of the EHI’s graduate assistants, programming of talks, conferences, and symposia, undergraduate student recruitment and retention, course scheduling and registration, and general reporting. Coordinates with departments and campus units to ensure compliance with administrative and academic policies



  • Recruitment of students as Engaged Humanities Scholars through a variety of outreach activities, including academic presentations to campus groups, program specific email campaigns, and student events presenting the field of “engaged humanities.”
  • Communicating with departments regarding Faculty and Teaching Assistants participating in the Initiative.
  • Implementing the student selection process.
  • Coordinating student /faculty mentorship pairing and providing guidance and follow-up when necessary
  • Monitoring student registration for proper progression through the curriculum.
  • Conferring with Engaged Humanities Scholars on the competencies related to the field of “engaged humanities.”
  • Advising of Engaged Humanities Scholars on undergraduate and post-graduate academic options and program progression, faculty mentor selection, research opportunities, and experiential projects.
  • Consulting with advisors on the Engaged Humanities curricular pathway and eligibility/ progression requirements.
  • Consulting with Engaged Humanities Scholars on the progress of their ongoing research projects and the experiential opportunities in which they are engaged.
  • Collaborates with the Faculty Program Director in creating and sustaining the intellectual vision of the program including,
  • Consulting with the Faculty Director on the topics, fields of study, and cross-disciplinary connections of the Humanities Courses (HUM 100, HUM 101, HUM 102, HUM 110, HUM 120, HUM 201) required for students in the program
  • Collaborating with the Faculty Program Director and the Engaged Humanities Working Group on the selection and scholarly import of the program’s lecture series.
  • Providing guidance on curricular matters, including course topics and design, learning objectives, and assessments. Monitors curriculum of engaged humanities to ensure learning outcomes are met; exercises professional judgement when intervention is recommended.
  • Representing the intellectual mission and programmatic aspects of the initiative to campus partners, representatives of the Colleges, and external entities.
  • Communicating with students and other university officials about the initiative and its academic work.
  • Responsible for the scheduling of the Engaged Humanities (HUM) courses for all cohorts.
  • Supervision of the program’s graduate assistant.
  • Developing web and social media presence for Initiative.
  • Overseeing a database to track and monitor student progression throughout the program.
  • Planning and overseeing the logistics and publicity of events (lectures, conferences, symposia, etc.) associated with the Initiative.
  • Closely collaborating with budget office for proper management of grant funds, including the logging and approval of student hours.
  • Annual reporting of grant activities and expenditures.
  • Schedules, coordinates, and helps plan meetings of the Engaged Humanities Working Group.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. Bachelor's degree
  2. A total of three (3) years (36 months) in education, training and/or work experience in the area of specialization inherent to the position

Note: Master’s degree in an area consistent with the duties of the position may be substituted for one (1 year) of work experience.


  • Prefer Masters Degree or Ph.D in a humanities discipline
  • Previous working with community organizations
  • Familiarity with grants administration

To Apply: For fullest consideration, please complete an online application by clicking the Apply for Position button below.

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For fullest consideration, the above mentioned requirements must be submitted no later than October 23, 2020.

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Posted: 10/15/2020
Application Due: 10/23/2020
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